Family Quotes

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.

-Desmond Tutu

The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.

-Charles Kuralt

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.

-Michael J. Fox

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.

-A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.

-Richard Bach

My family is my strength and my weakness.

-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

I’ll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real family, together, all of us laughing and talking, loving and understanding, not looking at the past but only to the future.

-LaToya Jackson

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

-David Ogden Stiers

I’m thankful to God for having a family that’s been there for me. He’s been there from the time I was a child to even now with my family helping with my little boy. It’s worth more than words could ever describe. That’s one of the ways I’ve been able to stay grounded is thanks to family and God.

-Ashton Shepherd

Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.

-Margaret Mead

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

-J.R.R. Tolkien

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

-Leo Tolstoy

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.

-George Burns

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.

-J.K. Rowling

Happiness [is] only real when shared.

-Jon Krakauer

Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.

-J.K. Rowling

The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.

-Jay McInerney

Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.

-Rick Riordan

All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.

-Mitch Albom

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family.

-Jim Butcher

One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.

-Jonathan Safran Foer

That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable.

-Deb Caletti

My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.

-Rick Riordan

You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.

-Trenton Lee Stewart

Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.

-Ann Brashares

Hermes gazed up at the stars. ‘My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it. It doesn’t matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don’t appreciate your genius for inventing the Internet.

-Rick Riordan

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

-George Bernard Shaw

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

-Walt Whitman

I may not always be with you
But when we’re far apart
Remember you will be with me
Right inside my heart.

-Marc Wambolt

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.

-Napoléon Bonaparte

I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching–they are your family.

-Jim Butcher

When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.

-Erma Bombeck

Friends are the family you choose .

-Jess C. Scott

That sounds terrific, thought Cary, just you, your comatose wife your shell-shocked son, and your daughter who hates your guts. Not to mention that your two kids may be in love with
each other. Yeah, that sounds like a perfect family reunion.

-Cassandra Clare

Nothing like watching your relatives fight, I always say.

-Rick Riordan

I sustain myself with the love of family.

-Maya Angelou

As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.

-Kristin Hannah

Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.

-Robin Hobb

But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes . . . and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can’t forgive yourself for.

-Melina Marchetta

I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t.

-Mitch Albom, For One More Day

I love you enough to never make you choose.

-Katie McGarry

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.

-Frederick Buechner

Being a detective isn’t all about torture and murder and monsters. Sometimes it gets truly unpleasant…The fate of the world may depend on whether or not you can bring yourself to visit your relatives.

-Derek Landy

Family isn’t something that’s supposed to be static, or set. People marry in, divorce out. They’re born, they die. It’s always evolving, turning into something else.

-Sarah Dessen

Friends are God’s way of apologizing for your family.

-Wayne W. Dyer

Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.

-Mother Teresa

Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst.

-Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know.

-Mitch Albom

This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It’s knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.

-Mitch Albom

A daughter without her mother is a woman broken. It is a loss that turns to arthritis and settles deep into her bones.

-Kristin Hannah

I hadn’t been in proper school in three years. My parents were my two best friends. My third best friend was an author who did not know I existed.

-John Green

Certain motherfuckers think they can fuck with my shit, but you can’t kill the Rooster. You might can fuck him up some times, but, bitch, nobody kills the motherfucking Rooster. You know what I’m saying?

-David Sedaris

Those whom we most love are often the most alien to us.

-Christopher Paolini

It’s very hard to grow up in a perfect family when you’re not perfect.

-E.L. James

There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.

-Shannon L. Alder

You need to make time for your family no matter what happens in your life.

-Matthew Quick

This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.

-Arundhati Roy

The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!

-Edith Wharton

Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?

-Rick Riordan

Sticking with your family is what makes it a family.

-Mitch Albom

Family isn’t blood. It’s the people who love you. The people who have your back.

-Cassandra Clare

Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together.

-Sam Levenson

Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.

-Bernard Branson

Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.

-Pierce Brown

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

-Angela Schwindt

No one’s family is normal. Normalcy is a lie invented by advertising agencies to make the rest of us feel inferior.

-Claire LaZebnik

When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, “What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it?

-Shannon L. Alder

A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.

-Mary Karr

When I walk, I walk with you. Where I go, you’re with me always.

-Alice Hoffman

we must take care of our families wherever we find them.

-Elizabeth Gilbert

There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.

-Jerry Seinfeld

So, have a little fun. Soon enough you’ll be dead and burning in Hell with the rest of your family.

-George Carlin

There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family. Or more happy. Or more exasperated. Or more . . . secure.

-Jim Butcher

When a child is locked in the bathroom with water running and he says he’s doing nothing but the dog is barking, call 911.

-Erma Bombeck

I think part of being a parent is trying to kill your kids.”

-Stephen King

The knowledge that she would never be loved in return acted upon her ideas as a tide acts upon cliffs.

-Thornton Wilder

Is this what family is like: the feeling that everyone’s connected, that with one piece missing, the whole thing’s broken?

-Trenton Lee Stewart

Families break up when they get hints you don’t intend and miss hints that you do.

-Robert Frost

You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges.

-Elizabeth Berg

Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.

-Cheryl Lacey Donovan

The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.

-Mother Teresa

So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty.

-Haniel Long

All families are psychotic. Everybody has basically the same family – it’s just reconfigured slightly different from one to the next.

-Douglas Coupland

Writers will happen in the best of families.

-Rita Mae Brown

I don’t think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It’s perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man.

-Toni Morrison

Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home.

-Anthony Liccione

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.


I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

-Harry S. Truman

Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.

-Evan Esar

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